7 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Marangu Route

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Tour Overview

The Marangu route, also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most well established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut.

Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. However the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is unfortunately less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason.

Tour Facts


7 days

Tour Itinerary

  • Elevation 2720 m
  • Distance : 8 km
  • Hiking Time : 4- 5 hours
  • Habitat: Rain forest
We depart Moshi for Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek , The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful tropical rain forest, at the upper edge of the forest line  we have the opportunity to see blue monkeys , the trail then widnes to expose beautiful hillsides until we reach Mandara Hut ,
  • Elevation: 3720 m
  • Distance : 11 km
  • Hiking Time :5- 6 hours
  • Habitat ; Heather (Moorland )
We start the day continuning through the forest until the trail open into high moorland , we may get our first views of Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro
  • Elevation:3900 m
  • Distance : 3 km
  • Hiking Time : 3- 4 hours
  • Habitat ; Heather
This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day Hiking on Mawenzi Ridge , the unque landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi, after spending a few moments exploring the are we had back to Horombo Hut
  • Elevation: 4700 m
  • Distance : 8 km
  • Hiking Time : 4 -6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desrt
We climb gradually , then cross lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo , our Camp Kibo Hut sits at the bottom of the  Kibo crater wall , once we are here we rest enjoy and get ready for acclimatization day
  • Elevation : 5000 m
  • Distance : 2 km
  • Hiking Time : 3 hours
  • Habitat : Snow
This is another acclimatization when clients  spend before summit,  morning after breakfast you start walking to William Point where you will stay for minutes to let your body aclimatize well before back to the camp have lunch and nap while you waiting for early dinner and get ready for the summit night
  • Elevation :5895 m
  • Distance :6 km
  • Hiking Time : 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Snow (Summit)
Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
  • Elevation:3720 m
  • Habitat :Heather
Very early in the morning (around midnight)we begin our push to the summit,  this is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek , the wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme , we ascend in the darkness for several hours while taken frequent , but shorts breaks , at Gilmans point you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi peak , finally we arrive at Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the Continent of Africa After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment we descend to Horombo Hut,  ( We will have a short break at Kibo Hut ,for change gears also Lunch ) later in the evening we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well earned sleep
  • Elevation :1879 m
  • Distance :19 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain forest
On our last day we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rain forest , once at the park headquarters at Marangu Gate we collect our Summit certificate,  a vehicle will meet us here and drives us back  to the hotel in Moshi



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